ERIC Number: ED183991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Sex Role Orientation Across the Adult Life Span.
Zaks, Peggy M.; And Others
It was hypothesized that four different "life lines" would affect sex role orientations, specifically intimacy, parenting, grandparenting, and work. Subjects were 74 men and 43 women, white, upper middle class with a mean education level of 14 years. Each participant completed a demographic questionnaire, the Bem Sex Role Inventory, a Life Events scale, and the Retirement Descriptive Index. Results indicated that: (1) age per se did not affect sex role orientation except that females over 45 were more likely to endorse a feminine sex role; (2) married or never-married males were were less androgynous than those divorced, separated, or widowed, with the opposite pattern true for females; (3) having children led to males endorsing a feminine sex role less and females endorsing a feminine sex role more; and (4) life satisfaction correlated with two of the sex role variables, masculinity and androgyny. (Author/HLM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Aging (DHEW/PHS), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI.
Identifiers: Life Satisfaction
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (32nd, Washington, DC, November 25-29, 1979). Best copy available.